A Tutorial Guide for High Density Racks

High density racks are a type of industrial shelves that manufacturers should know about. While most people stick to more traditional choices which are fine, you should explore the different options out there and maybe you can find something that would be more efficient for your needs. Most manufacturers fail to realize that there are many different types of industrial shelves available to them and while a traditional choice is the most obvious, it may not be the right one.

For example, if you have a lot of inventory that gets moved or shifts on a regular basis, then maybe high density industrial shelves is more suited to your needs. Below we will go over three different types of high density industrial shelves so you can see what they are used for and maybe find something that is right for you and your work environment. Of course, the right selection depends on the type, size and weight of products you plan to store and layout and size of your space.


Drive In and Drive Through Rack

Most traditional industrial shelves usually give you enough space for many rows of racking with aisles in between the individual rows, while drive-in and drive through industrial shelving allows you to store and arrange your product denser, hence use all the space you have more efficiently. When compared to the traditional shelves, the same amount of storage can be achieved with the high density shelving and use up to 80% less space. To get this dense configuration of your product, these shelves use standard pallet rack uprights as well as rail beams.

The main difference is that the forklift can operate inside of the racks themselves and there are no specific lanes mapped out between rows. The forklift can enter in the individual bays of the shelves which can be as long or as short as you want. This kind of industrial shelving systems can increase your workplaces storage, retrieval time all while making it much easier on the people who work with the shelves. Not only are these great to increase your overall operations, but they can also decrease the amount of money you spend.

Push-Back Rack

This kind of shelving is a great option to consider when you’re running out of space. In this system, the pallets sit in a tray that rolls along the rails in the frame itself. They are supported by an incline and gravity does most of the work for you, pushing them towards the front of the rack. Everything is loaded and unloaded from the front while the back of the rack is closed. When you load new products the old products are automatically pushed toward the back which really decreases time when it comes to unloading and loading. While most average systems that work in the same way will only allow you to store one kind of item that is the same in shape and size, the high density version however, will allow you to store any kind of items you wish.

Pallet Flow Rails

Unlike other systems, this particular one if usually loaded from the back and unloaded from the front. Another great feature of this racking system is that there is usually a built-in break system making sure that nothing slides or moves to fast ensuring a smooth ride as it works its way down the lane. One of the biggest upsides to these systems is where a regular system will only allow up to 5 pallets to be stored, this kind of system usually makes way for at least 10 or 15 pallets, offering you a lot of space if you need to store multiple items that are the same.